Asian shares mixed as virus fears cloud economic outlook

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TOKYO (AP) — Asian share are mixed as skepticism about the regional economic outlook tempered any rally because of worries about further waves of COVID-19 outbreaks. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 was little changed, while benchmarks in Australia, South Korea and Hong Kong gained. Japan’s ruling party holds an election this week to choose a leader, who is likely to be the next prime minister. All the candidates are promising further fiscal stimulus measures. In Singapore, further COVID-19 restrictions kicked off in an attempt to curb the virus’ spread, as daily new cases topped last year’s peak. Wall Street ended last week mixed. 

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